With ESPN reporting that Perry Fewell will be accepting the defensive coordinator position with the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears dragging the bottom of the barrel and interviewing Mike Tice, it is time for the decision makers at Halas Hall to admit a mistake and fire Lovie Smith.
Bears Must Fire Lovie Smith
The plan was moronic from the start. How can an organization argue that a team's coaching was terrible on both sides of the ball while giving a vote of confidence to the head man? How can that same organization expect any coach of note to sign what would essentially be a one-year deal under a playoffs-or-bust mandate?
There is still time. The off-season is not lost. And no fan alive (or dead, I guess) will fault the organization for reacting to the events of the past two weeks. At this stage it is not important for the Bears to make overtures to Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher. No coach has ever won Super Bowls with two organizations and there's no reason to believe that's going to change soon. What is important is that the Bears end what is becoming a circus at Halas Hall.
How many coaches need to turn down this proud franchise before the understanding sets in? How many girls have to turn down your prom offer before you realize that maybe it's difficult to dance in a full body cast? Perry Fewell chose to run a defense that allowed forty points to just about every team they played down the stretch. Jeremy Bates chose an aging quarterback and one of the worst offenses in the sport.
How bad will this organization allow itself to look? Fire Lovie. Save face.